What alternatives should I consider to a used Vauxhall Astra estate?
The Focus Estate is much better to drive than the rest of its classmates, but it doesn’t have the best interior in terms of quality or infotainment. Its boot is also smaller than the class norm.
The Golf Estate is a classy load lugger. It drives with a great sense of stability, especially on the motorway, and has a comfortable ride. It also provides all occupants with plenty of space. The problem is getting hold of one, because Golf hatchbacks outnumber estates by about 10 to one. It will also be quite a bit more expensive to buy, partly due to its rarity, but also because of its premium badge.
To think of the Seat Leon ST as a budget alternative to a Volkswagen would be to sell it short. It's equally as practical as the Golf Estate and can often be found in a higher specification. It offers a better interior than the Astra Sports Tourer, even if it is a little bland. It has a firmer ride, though, because Seat is a sportier brand.